St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Eastport is hosting a celebration of the arts on Earth Day, April 22, entitled “Restoring Our Love Of Nature Through the Arts”. This celebration includes a Community Concert and Artists Reception on Friday from 7:00pm -8:00pm and the festival on Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, rain or shine. All events are free. Invite your friends!
The Annapolis Watercolor Club has been invited to participate in this celebration, along with performing artists, poets, writers, musicians, photographers, and other artists. Our participation will be three-fold:
Entry Limit: 2 paintings per artist (space for 30 paintings total); 3 matted pieces and giclees per artist
Entry fee: $15
Commission: none; donations to church encouraged
Entry deadline: April 8
Receiving: Friday, April 21, 10am – 12 noon
Pickup: Close of festival, 5pm Saturday, or Sunday, April 23, 1pm – 2pm
Artist Reception: Friday, April 21, 7pm – 8pm
The exhibit will be indoors and will showcase our paintings of the fragile natural world around us, including endangered landscapes, water scenes, florals, and animals, preferably native to our area. The exhibit will be on display panels in the spacious lower level meeting room of the church. We will also have bins for matted original paintings and gicleé reproductions.
COLLABORATION WITH A PARTICIPATING POET:
As part of the exhibit, we’ll be working with poets Alice Wolf Gilborn and Chris Haley who are offering several of their poems for us to select and interpret in our paintings. You are also welcome to interpret the work of other environmental writers of your choosing. The text you have chosen will be exhibited with the painting. We hope you will all be interested in participating in this unique challenge, but this is optional and not a requirement for entry.
You may view the poems here. You will be required to log in to view the poems.
Please note: Artwork will not be accepted without a signed Waiver and Honor Statement. Take special note of item 2 on the waiver. You can download a PDF of the waiver here.
VOLUNTEER AT ARTS AND CRAFTS TENT OR DONATE A PAINTING
There will be a spacious “arts and crafts” tent on the grounds with opportunities for visitors, especially children, to try their hand at various types of painting, drawing, rock painting, and even a mural. If you would like to volunteer to help guide people in trying various tools, materials or techniques, please let us know your interest.
If you would be willing to donate a painting to the church’s raffle or silent auction that day, it will be appreciated and acknowledged. Please use the registration form to sign up where indicated. You will not be charged if you sign up to volunteer only.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING
There will be an opportunity for some plein air sketching or painting in the beautiful four-acre wooded property behind the church, with woodlands, a restoration stream and paths, while being serenaded by the abundant birds and frogs. Feel free to grab a painting partner and visit the grounds at any time before or during the event. There will be a table in the exhibit space on the day of the festival, for display of your sketches created on location.